History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​April 1​> distorted like the Irvingites before alluded to; whereas there is nothing unnatural in the spirit of God. A circumstance of this kind [HC 4:580] took place in , but was rebuked by the presiding elder— another, a woman near the same place professed to have the discerning of spirits, and began to accuse another sister of things that she was not guilty of, which she said she knew was so by the spirit,— but was afterwards proven to be false— she placed herself in the capacity of the “accuser of the brethren” and no person through the discerning of spirits can bring a charge against another, they must be proven guilty by positive evidence, or they stand clear. There have also been ministering angels in the Church which were of Satan appearing as an angel of light:— A sister in the State of had a vision who said it was told her that if she would go to a certain place in the woods an angel would appear to her,— she went at the appointed time and saw a glorious personage descending arrayed in white, with sandy colored hair; he commenced and told her to fear God and said that her husband was called to do great things, but that he must not go more than one hundred miles from home or he would not return; whereas God had called him to go to the ends of the earth; and he has since been more than one thousand miles from home, and is yet alive. Many true things were spoken by this personage and many things that were false.— How it may be asked was this known to be a bad angel? by the color of his hair; that is one of the signs that he can be known by, and by his contradicting a former revelation. We have also had brethren and sisters that have had written revelations, and have started forward to lead this church. Such was a young boy in — Isaac Russell of , and , and of . The boy is now living with his parents, who have submitted to the laws of the Church. Mr. Russell stayed in , from whence he was to go to the Rocky Mountains, led by three Nephites, but the Nephites never came, and his friends forsook him all but some of his blood relations, who have since been nearly destroyed by the mob. was tried by the High Council, his papers examined, condemned, and burned, and he cut off from the Church; he acknowledged the justice of the decision and said “that he now saw his error; for if he had been governed by the revelations given before he might have known that no man was to write revelations for the Church but Joseph Smith,” and begged to be prayed for, and forgiven by the brethren. has also been tried by the High Council, and disfellowshipped, because he would not have his writings tested by the word of God; evidently proving that he loves darkness rather than light because his deeds are evil.” [HC 4:581]
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April 1 distorted like the Irvingites before alluded to; whereas there is nothing unnatural in the spirit of God. A circumstance of this kind [HC 4:580] took place in , but was rebuked by the presiding elder— another, a woman near the same place professed to have the discerning of spirits, and began to accuse another sister of things that she was not guilty of, which she said she knew was so by the spirit,— but was afterwards proven to be false— she placed herself in the capacity of the “accuser of the brethren” and no person through the discerning of spirits can bring a charge against another, they must be proven guilty by positive evidence, or they stand clear. There have also been ministering angels in the Church which were of Satan appearing as an angel of light:— A sister in the State of had a vision who said it was told her that if she would go to a certain place in the woods an angel would appear to her,— she went at the appointed time and saw a glorious personage descending arrayed in white, with sandy colored hair; he commenced and told her to fear God and said that her husband was called to do great things, but that he must not go more than one hundred miles from home or he would not return; whereas God had called him to go to the ends of the earth; and he has since been more than one thousand miles from home, and is yet alive. Many true things were spoken by this personage and many things that were false.— How it may be asked was this known to be a bad angel? by the color of his hair; that is one of the signs that he can be known by, and by his contradicting a former revelation. We have also had brethren and sisters that have had written revelations, and have started forward to lead this church. Such was a young boy in — Isaac Russell of , and , and of . The boy is now living with his parents, who have submitted to the laws of the Church. Mr. Russell stayed in , from whence he was to go to the Rocky Mountains, led by three Nephites, but the Nephites never came, and his friends forsook him all but some of his blood relations, who have since been nearly destroyed by the mob. was tried by the High Council, his papers examined, condemned, and burned, and he cut off from the Church; he acknowledged the justice of the decision and said “that he now saw his error; for if he had been governed by the revelations given before he might have known that no man was to write revelations for the Church but Joseph Smith,” and begged to be prayed for, and forgiven by the brethren. has also been tried by the High Council, and disfellowshipped, because he would not have his writings tested by the word of God; evidently proving that he loves darkness rather than light because his deeds are evil.” [HC 4:581]
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